See if you can relate:
I am "in it" right now. I have two toddler boys and another 9-month old boy following hot on their heels. I was never a super-together mom, but having my third really threw me off kilter. After four years of no breaks between pregnancies and the newborn/night feeding stage I feel like I'm in a permanent state of exhaustion. I am a human pinball careening from one child to the next, leaving tasks in various states of completion and feeling like I'm not doing anything well. I yearn for my own space/time/rest and in that desire, I often fail to do my best for my family. For the first time in our marriage, I feel like I don't have anything left for my husband. He is incredibly patient but I need to do better. My relationship with God has fallen even further down the list and THAT is at the heart of my emotional turmoil. So many of your posts echo the thoughts in my head, letting me know I am not alone, but also point back towards God and scripture, convicting me of the places I need to start working on first. Thank you for that. Now to start working...without doing the usual "become perfect by tomorrow" plan.The words of wisdom above where in an email that I received yesterday. Oh how I love reading your emails and comments. It helps me realize that I am not alone in the craziness!
I love the metaphor she uses of the pinball! This is so true. I bounce from one person to another begging to be released of the game by the end of the day.
For the past few weeks, we have looked at the importance of rising early to spend time with our Savior. Just as our sweet sister said in the email above, making sense of the daily madness begins when our eyes are on Christ. This is first and foremost if change is going to happen.
Once we get our heart in order,then we can focus on regaining order of our home. As you have requested, our next blog series will center around scheduling. I will be sharing with you mistakes and tips that I have picked up along the road of mothering to change chaos into purpose. But don't worry, excel spreadsheets are not needed! Just a willing heart.
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Is there a particular area of scheduling that you have questions about?